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NOTES ON ORGANIC FOODS
Do organic fruits and vegetables have more nutrition than regular ones?
They claim organic apples have 63% more calcium, 73% more iron, 118% more magnesium,, more molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Organic meats are leaner and have 5x the omega-3s. (link: organic, meat; source: organic newsletter; added 6/2009)
GOVERNMENT STUDY: HIGH LEVELS OF PESTICIDES IN KIDS' DIETS
U.S. government scientists from the Centers for Disease Control have released a new <http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/members/2005/8418/8418.pdf>study revealing that switching to organic foods provides children with "dramatic and immediate" protection from toxic pesticides. The scientists tested the urine of elementary school children for 15 days. Children ate conventional foods for ten of the days and ate organic foods for five days. During those five days, researchers saw the toxins malathion and chlorpyrifos in the children's urine completely disappear. These chemicals are two of the most commonly found pesticides on non-organic foods, and are associated with nerve damage in children. Pesticide levels increased five-fold in the children's urine as soon as conventional foods were reintroduced to their diet. The study concludes, "An organic diet provides a dramatic and immediate protective effect against exposure to organophosphorus pesticides that are commonly used in agricultural production." http://www.organicconsumers.org/school/organicstudy090405.cfm